The Buzz | Ronaldo leads in Facebook popularity stakes with 100m ‘Likes’

The cumulative total number of ‘Likes’ attracted by posts on the official Facebook page of Cristiano Ronaldo, currently Portugal’s most successful footballer, has passed the 100 million mark, making him

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CHINA Organizers say concern about the spread of the Ebola virus is expected to impact attendance at China’s largest international trade fair, which kicked off yesterday. Spokesman for the Canton

Serbia accuses Albania of provocation after brawl

Serbian officials accused Albania yesterday of a deliberate political provocation after a drone flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a stadium in Belgrade during a match between the two Balkan

Ebola | 2nd US health care worker tests positive

A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, authorities said yesterday. The

South Africa | Steenkamps vow to return cash Pistorius paid after killing Reeva

The prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’s trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp said her parents rejected his offer to pay them 375,000 rand (USD34,000) he got for selling a car

Mozambique Peace agreement at stake as country elects new leader

Mozambicans formed long lines outside polling stations to vote in elections that will test the durability of a peace deal signed last month to end almost two years of sporadic

Scotland | Salmond’s deputy sturgeon set to take over leadership

Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will take over leadership of the government in Edinburgh from Alex Salmond following his resignation after voters rejected their campaign for independence. The Scottish National

This Day in History | 1978 – Polish bishop is new Pope

Few people had suggested him as a possible successor to John Paul I, who died last month after just 33 days in office. He is barely known outside his native

Offbeat | Higher views for tourists to Dubai’s tallest tower

Visitors to the world’s tallest building in Dubai can now get an even more elevated view of the Middle Eastern city. The owner of the 828 meter Burj Khalifa skyscraper says

The Buzz | France still considering Paris bid for 2024 Games

French authorities are still considering a possible Paris bid for the 2024 Olympics, even though Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced his backing for the city’s candidacy to host the

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CHINA An airfield in southern China from which the famed Flying Tigers took off to fight Japanese warplanes is being converted to battle a new enemy: drought. Aircraft equipped for

Global luxury goods sales forecast to slow further

An annual study by Bain & Co. consultancy indicates sales of designer apparel, leather goods and jewelry are expected to increase 2 percent this year to 223 billion euros USD282

Ebola | Defense stepped up in Europe as UN aid worker dies in Germany

Europe stepped up its efforts against the spread of the Ebola virus as screening began for passengers arriving at London’s Heathrow airport and an infected Sudanese aid worker evacuated to

Turkey | Warplanes hit Kurdish rebel targets

Turkish warplanes have struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in southeastern Turkey, media reports said yesterday, the first major airstrikes against the rebel group since peace talks began two years ago

South Africa | Pistorius prosecutor knocks athlete’s charity at sentencing

The prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius’s trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp said the athlete’s charity work was aimed at self-promotion and shouldn’t influence his sentence for manslaughter. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel

This Day in History: 1964 Khrushchev ‘retires’ as head of USSR

Mr Khrushchev, who is 70, took over as First Secretary of the Central Committee soon after Stalin’s death. He has held the role of both party leader and prime minister

Offbeat | Finnish authorities ban whisky from expo name

It’s a whisky trade fair. But it can’t say it is. Authorities in Finland have ordered the “Beer and Whisky Expo Finland 2014” to change its name, arguing it violates

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CHINA has approved the development of a USD3.3 billion Universal theme park in Beijing that would be the first major foreign-owned theme park in the Chinese capital. The U.S. company

Frenchman Tirole wins Nobel economics prize

Calling Tirole “one of the most influential economists of our time,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said he’s made contributions in a range of research areas. But it highlighted

Ebola | Health worker’s infection raises concern for caregivers

The U.S. health worker who contracted Ebola after being in contact with an infected patient in Dallas is leading officials to examine how widespread the danger is for those who

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